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Board of Trustees

Dr. Sam Pitroda


Dr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected telecom inventor, entrepreneur, development thinker, and policy maker who have spent 50 years in information and communications technology (ICT) and related global and national developments. Credited with having laid the foundation for India’s telecommunications and technology revolution of the 1980s, Mr. Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide. During his tenure as Advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Pitroda led six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization, dairy production, and oil seeds. He was also the founder and first Chairman of India’s Telecom Commission. In these plural roles, Mr. Pitroda helped revolutionize India’s development philosophies and policies with a focus on access to technology as the key to social change. As a way to induce the second phase of India’s technology revolution, in 2005 Mr. Pitroda headed India’s National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), to provide a blueprint of reform for the knowledge-related institutions and infrastructure for the 21st century in the country. Mr. Pitroda is the Chairman of the Board and Chancellor of the Institute of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU), a state Private University based in Bengaluru. The university is focused on the modernization of India’s healthcare by bridging, in an epistemologically informed way, traditional health science and practices of India, with Western sciences and technology. The Foundation for the Revitalization of Local Health Traditions Trust (FRLHT) was formed in 1990 by Mr. Pitroda and Prof. Darshan Shankar to document India’s herbal plant heritage, preserve genetic pool, and develop traditional medicines. Today, FRLHT has over 200 scientists and professionals on 19-acres campus and has documented over 7,000 herbal medicinal plants. It also has over 100 herbal medicine gardens, approximately 500 acres each. Recently, Mr. Pitroda served as Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on PublicInformation Infrastructure and Innovation, with the rank of a Cabinet Minister.He served as the Chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force, as well as the committeesto reform public broadcasting, modernize railways, deliver e-governance, and other developmental activities. He is also a founding Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union’s m-Powering Development Board that looks to empower developing countries withthe use of mobile technology. In addition, Mr. Pitroda is a serial entrepreneur having started several companies in the United States. He holds around 20 honorary PhD’s, close to 100 worldwide patents, and has published five books and numerous papers and lectured widelyall over the world. He lives in Chicago with his wife.

Darshan Shankar

Managing Trustee

Darshan Shankar is the managing trustee of FRLHT and founder of TDU. His corecontributions lie in the field of educational innovation. He started his careerin 1973 at the age of 23, at the University of Bombay, where he designed and implemented a post graduate “experiential” learning program that won a CommonwealthAward in 1976, for being the best program in the Commonwealth for linking University education to community needs. Darshan worked as a young faculty at the University of Bombay from 1973 to 1980.He then lived and worked for twelve years till 1992 in a tribal district in Maharashtra on projects related to S&T applications for tribal development. In 1993, he moved to Bangalore, where along with Sam Pitroda, he founded the Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), and later the Trans-Disciplinary University (TDU). He has won several national and international awards viz. Commonwealth Award (1976), Normal Borlaug Award (1998) for contributions to conservation of wild populations of medicinal plants, Columbia University’s International Award (2003) forComplementary and Alternative Medicine, and in 2011, the Govt. of India conferred on him, the Padma Shri.

He has held several honorary positions like
  • Advisor (ISM), Planning Commission, Govt. of India
  • Member, National Biodiversity Authority, Govt. of India
  • Member, National Wildlife Board, Govt. of India
  • Member, Executive Board of Global Initiative for Traditional Systems (GIFTS), Oxford, UK
  • Member, Academic Council, Rajasthan Ayurvedic University, Jodhpur
  • Member, Independent Commission on Development and Health in India, New Delhi
  • Convener, Working Group on Traditional Health Sciences of the National Knowledge Commission, Govt. of India
  • Member, International Expert Group to advise PM’s Office, Govt. of Malaysia, on development of Herbal Sector
  • Member, Population Commission, Govt. of India
  • Member, Research council, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka
  • Member, International Expert Group set up by IUCN and WWF, Germany and WHO on Standards for Sustainable harvest of Medicinal Plants
  • Member, Board of Directors, Inter University Doctoral Research Program on Endogenous Knowledge, Netherlands

He has written one book, chapters in several books, and peer reviewed articles in national and international publications.

Prof. Ramaswamy


Prof. Ramaswamy is Dean at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore.

Mr. Sundar Raju


Mr. Sunder Raju has over 30 years of exeperience in the field of establishing business in various upcoming sectors in India. He started his first venture, Sunray Computers Pvt. Ltd, in 1982, which introduced the concept of 32 bit architecture UNIX OS for the first time in India. He then built ACT from scratch, which has since emerged as one of the largest wired broadband service providers in India. He extensively worked on building the Atria Group by putting together a strong professional organization structure for scaling up at a rapid pace. His intrinsic zeal and passion in the field of renewable energy and technology was well appreciated in the business circles of the India Inc. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Atria Brindavan Power Pvt Ltd. and the Managing Director of Atria Convergence Technologies Pvt Ltd.

Mr. Kaushik Raju


Kaushik has been the lead banter in taking the third generation of Atria family. He is the lead partner in Intellicar (LLP), a Bangalore based vehicular telematics start-up with a vision of connecting business and customers to their vehicles. His Public Relations and ability to manage people is an asset for the Group’s growth and expansion. Kaushik Raju conveys directorship roles in prominent businesses of the Atria Family Group. He holds directorship in some prominent companies like Hed Experts Pvt Ltd, A J Hotels India Pvt Ltd, Woodside Hotels Pvt Ltd, VishweswaraiahTecnical Services Pvt Ltd, Eskay Mercantile Commercial Amp Holding Pvt, Chalukya Hotels Pvt Ltd, Atria Power KRS Ltd, Atria Wind Pvt Ltd, Chalukya Holiday Resorts Pvt Ltd, Estee Carriers Pvt Ltd, PasupatiTradevinPvt Ltd and Vaishnomata Commodities Pvt Ltd.

Dr. N. K. Venkataramana


Dr. Venkataramana N. K. is an Indian neurosurgeon and the founder of the ANSA Research Foundation, which is a non-profit NGO promoting research on neuroscience, neurological disorders, cancer biology, stem cells and tumor tissue repository. He is credited with over 15000 neurosurgeries over the last 30 years. He has published over 75 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals, and has contributed chapters in various text books on neurosurgery. He has also conducted several CME programmes and delivered key note addresses at many conferences. Dr. Venkataramana is a recipient of the Dr. BC Roy Award, the highest Indian award in the medical category, and the RajyotsavaPrashasti, the second highest civilian award of the Government of Karnataka.